The England international looked like he had finally started to fulfil his potential under Jurgen Klopp last season, and had made himself into one of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice midfielders before sustaining his injury in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Roma.
Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the World Cup, where he would’ve almost certainly been part of Gareth Southgate’s squad, and now it looks like he’s going to be struggling to play much at all next season.
His manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed earlier today that the ligament damage sustained was worse than first thought, and he said via the Guardian: “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab.
“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery we were sure of it.
“I hope everyone treats this information responsibly.
“There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.
“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.
“His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.
“But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”
Liverpool might have signed midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita, but does this news mean Klopp and his coaching staff might be considering going back into the transfer market once again this summer?
What do you think?